Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Catlady531 has a half off sale

Today Catlady531 on Etsy is featuring a half off sale on selected sweaters and vests. 

Monday, November 28, 2011

The Funny For The Day.........Guess who I saw at the post office

Guess who I just saw at the post office.....ELVIS.   Ok, it was an Elvis impersonator but it was still funny.  I tried not to laugh. 

Friday, November 25, 2011

Catlady531.........................Black Friday Sale through Cyber Monday.......................

The Black Friday Sale goes through Cyber Monday.     Use coupon code save30 to get 30% off of your purchase.  Have fun shopping. 

http://www.etsy.com/shop/catlady531

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

The Funny For The Day..................How not to cook a turkey

Picture it, the year is about 1965 and our neighbor lady was cooking her Thanksgiving turkey on the front porch.  She was using one of those old bbq grills that you could attach a rotating spit and the turkey would turn.  Now the front porch had a low overhang and every time the turkey would turn  the grease would hit the coals and shoot up a huge flame.  I stood there and watched the flames get higher and higher.  I told her this is not a good idea, this is going to cause a fire.  She told me, it is going to be fine, and I told her no and she said IT'S FINE.  Remember I am about 12 and what does a 12 year old know.  Sure enough on one of the turns the flames shot up the turkey basically burst into flames and started the overhang on the porch on fire.  One of her sons who was my age and I were watching as she starts screaming help!!! I yelled to her get some baking soda to put out the fire.  She told her son get the baking soda and instead of putting it on the grill, she poured it all over the turkey.  Yes the baking soda stopped the fire, but it also killed the turkey.  No turkey dinner for the Smith family.  (Name changed to protect the stupid)

Moral of the story...........never cook a turkey on a porch with a low overhang and listen to kids once in awhile they might be smarter than you. 

Nancy's Recipe Box......................Caramel-Pecan Cheesecake Pie Recipe

Directions

  • Line a 9-in. pie plate with pastry. Trim and flute edges. In a small bowl, beat the cream cheese, sugar, 1 egg and vanilla until smooth. Spread into pastry shell; sprinkle with pecans.
  • In a small bowl, whisk remaining eggs; gradually whisk in caramel topping until blended. Pour slowly over pecans.
  • Bake at 375° for 35-40 minutes or until lightly browned (loosely cover edges with foil after 20 minutes if pie browns too quickly). Cool on a wire rack for 1 hour. Refrigerate for 4 hours or overnight before slicing. If desired, garnish with additional caramel ice cream topping. 
  •  Yield: 6-8 servings
  • Prep: 15 min. Bake: 35 min. + chilling
  • This recipe was tested with Smucker’s ice cream topping.
  • 15

Ingredients

  • 1 sheet refrigerated pie pastry
  • 1 package (8 ounces) cream cheese, softened
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon Spice Islands® pure vanilla extract
  • 1-1/4 cups chopped pecans
  • 1 jar (12-1/4 ounces) fat-free caramel ice cream topping
  • Additional fat-free caramel ice cream topping, optional

Sunday, November 20, 2011

catlady531 on Etsy....................win a ugly christmas sweater contest

                                          ♥♥♥♥Catlady531  Contest!♥♥♥♥

Win a ugly christmas sweater or sweatshirt of your choice.    The contest is like 20 questions.  I will pick an item in my shop and you have to guess what it is.  You ask me questions about the item and I will post your question and the answer.  Remember this contest is just like the game 20 questions.  If there is no winner after the 20 questions, the contest starts all over with another item that you have to guess what is it.  The first person to guess what the item is, wins a ugly christmas sweater, sweatshirt or vest of their choice.  To play go to  http://www.etsy.com/shop/catlady531   If you don't play you cannot win.

1.       Some people say I am cute.

2.       Is it the Scottie Dog sweater?          No it is not.
 

catlady531 on Etsy coupon code

For all of my followers on my blog today's coupon code is save20 to get 20% off of your purchase. 

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catlady531 on Etsy 70s Etienne Aigner oxblood leather blazer jacket

This is a new old stock vintage 70s Etienne Aigner oxblood leather blazer jacket. In the picture the color looks more brown but it is their signature color of oxblood or burgandy. The jacket has the notched collar with a v neck. It buttons with 2 buttons and has a horizontal button holes. The left breast pocket has the brass equestrian hardware. There also 2 patch pockets with the Aigner A brass studs on the corners. The jacket also has princess seams. Very figure flattering. There are 2 buttons on each cuff. The back of the jacket has the loop and a back vent for ease of movement. The inside is lined with the Aigner logo fabric. There also is a leather trimmed inside pocket. There also is the Aigner logo patch and the collar loop. There also is 1 single extra button. The buttons on the jacket have the A logo center. The jacket is 100% leather and the lining is acetate. The jacket was made in Hong Kong. The jacket is marked a size 18 and measures.......

44" chest (underarm to undearm and doubled)
24" sleeve
18" shoulder point to point
16.5" shoulder blades
29" long

I wear an extra large top and this jacket fits me perfectly. Yes it is a womans blazer jacket but it also could be unisex. It is new old stock with no items to note. Perfect with your vintage Aigner collection or your equestrian look. The jacket will be shipping at the 3-4 pound rate and if your actual shipping is less I do refund the difference, if it is over $1.00.

The Funny For The Day...............Men Teaching Classes for Women

Men Teaching Classes for Women at
THE ADULT LEARNING CENTER


REGISTRATION MUST BE COMPLETED
By Mon, June 20, 2011
NOTE: DUE TO THE COMPLEXITY AND DIFFICULTY LEVEL
OF THEIR CONTENTS, CLASS SIZES WILL BE LIMITED TO 8 PARTICIPANTS MAXIMUM
.

Class 1

Up in Winter, Down in Summer - How to Adjust a Thermostat
Step by Step, with Slide Presentation.

Meets 4 weeks, Monday and Wednesday for 2 hrs beginning at 7:00 PM..


Class 2

Which Takes More Energy - Putting the Toilet Seat Down,
or Bitching About It for 3 Hours?
Round Table Discussion.

Meets 2 weeks, Saturday 12:00 for 2 hours.


Class 3

Is It Possible To Drive Past a Wal-Mart Without Stopping?--Group Debate.

Meets 4 weeks, Saturday 10:00 PM for 2 hours.


Class 4

Fundamental Differences Between a Purse and a Suitcase--
Pictures and Explanatory Graphics.
Meets Saturdays at 2:00 PM for 3 weeks.

Class 5

Curling Irons--Can They Levitate and Fly Into The Bathroom Cabinet?
Examples on Video.
Meets 4 weeks, Tuesday and Thursday for 2 hours beginning
At 7:00 PM


Class 6
How to Ask Questions During Commercials and Be Quiet During the Program
Help Line Support and Support Groups.

Meets 4 Weeks, Friday and Sunday 7:00 PM


Class 7
Can a Bath Be Taken Without 14 Different Kinds of Soaps and Shampoos?
Open Forum ..
Monday at 8:00 PM, 2 hours.


Class 8
Health Watch--They Make Medicine for PMS - USE IT!
Three nights; Monday, Wednesday, Friday at 7:00 PM for 2 hours.


Class 9
I Was Wrong and He Was Right!--Real Life Testimonials.
Tuesdays at 6:00 PM Location to be determined.

Class 10
How to Parallel Park In Less Than 20 Minutes Without an Insurance Claim.
Driving Simulations.
4 weeks, Saturday's noon, 2 hours.
 
Class 11
Learning to Live--How to Apply Brakes
Without Throwing Passengers
Through the Windshield.
Tuesdays at 7:00 PM, location to be determined


Class 12

How to Shop by Yourself.

Meets 4 weeks, Tuesday and Thursday for 2 hours beginning at 7:00 PM.



Send this to all your guy friends for the best chuckle of their day...
And to all your gal friends who have a sense of humor!



 

Nancy's Recipe Box............................Pumpkin Trifle Recipe

Directions

  • In a large bowl, combine the cake mix, water and egg, beat on low speed for 30 seconds. Beat on medium for 2 minutes. Pour into an ungreased 8-in. square baking pan.
  • Bake at 350° for 35-40 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean. Cool for 10 minutes before removing from pan to a wire rack. When completely cooled, crumble the cake. Set aside 1/4 cup crumbs for garnish.
  • In a large bowl, whisk milk and pudding mixes for 2 minutes or until slightly thickened. Let stand for 2 minutes or until soft-set. Stir in pumpkin and spices until well blended.
  • In a trifle bowl or 3-1/2-qt. glass serving bowl, layer a fourth of the cake crumbs, half of the pumpkin mixture, a fourth of the cake crumbs and half of the whipped topping. Repeat layers. Garnish with reserved cake crumbs. Serve immediately or refrigerate until serving. 
  • Yield: 18 servings.

Ingredients

  • 1 package (14-1/2 ounces) gingerbread cake mix
  • 1-1/4 cups water
  • 1 egg
  • 4 cups cold fat-free milk
  • 4 packages (1 ounce each) sugar-free instant butterscotch pudding mix
  • 1 can (15 ounces) solid-pack pumpkin
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon each ground ginger, nutmeg and allspice
  • 1 carton (12 ounces) frozen reduced-fat whipped topping, thawed

Friday, November 18, 2011

Nancy's Recipe Box.................Hearty Chipotle Chicken Soup Recipe

Directions

  • In a Dutch oven, saute onion in oil until tender. Add garlic; cook 1 minute longer. Add the broth, beans, tomatoes, corn, chipotle peppers, adobo sauce, cumin and pepper. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer, uncovered, for 20 minutes.
  • Stir in chicken; heat through. Garnish with sour cream; sprinkle with cilantro.
 8 servings (3-1/4 quarts)

Ingredients

  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon canola oil
  • 4 garlic cloves, minced
  • 4 cups reduced-sodium chicken broth
  • 2 cans (15 ounces each) pinto beans, rinsed and drained
  • 2 cans (14-1/2 ounces each) fire-roasted diced tomatoes, undrained
  • 3 cups frozen corn
  • 2 chipotle peppers in adobo sauce, seeded and minced
  • 2 teaspoons adobo sauce
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 2 cups cubed cooked chicken breast
  • 1/2 cup fat-free sour cream
  • 1/4 cup minced fresh cilantro

The Funny For The Day.........................Who is in the nursing home with mother

This is my own personal funny.   When my mother was in the nursing home she use to tell me about this one lady that would sing for the other residents.  This lady was a resident in the same nursing home as my mother.  Mother said she had a really good voice and was a good entertainer.  I did not know her name but mother would talk about her all of the time.  One day I asked mother who is that lady and she replied she was one of Elvis's backup singers.  I am like WHAT....she sang with Elvis Presley? Oh yes, mother replied and you should see her scrap book and pictures of Elvis etc.    Ok what is she doing here in this nursing home.  Of course we don't know.  I asked mom's care giver about this and she replied, yes it is true.  She was one of Elvis's backup singers.  I never did get to meet her or see her albums.  You never know who you will meet. 

Thursday, November 17, 2011

The Funny For The Day.................WHERE DID THE SATELLITE LAND????

Remember that satellite that recently was gonna drop a 300# chunk ..... somewhere - maybe Canada, maybe India, maybe Washington State .... but it was gonna fall "somewhere"? And, there was "only a 1/3200 chance" that it would injure somebody? Then, NASA announced that it had fallen to earth, but they didn't know where? Well, here's the straight skinny.

Nancy's Recipe Box......................Chocolate Lover's Delight Cake Recipe

Directions

  • Grease and flour two 9-in. round baking pans; set aside. In a large bowl, beat 1 cup sugar, buttermilk, oil, egg yolks and melted chocolate until well blended. Combine the flour, 1/4 teaspoon salt and baking soda; gradually beat into sugar mixture until blended.
  • In a large bowl with clean beaters, beat egg whites until soft peaks form. Gradually beat in remaining sugar, 1 tablespoon at a time, on high until stiff peaks form. Fold into batter.
  • Transfer to prepared pans. Bake at 350° for 18-22 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean. Cool for 10 minutes before removing from pans to wire racks to cool completely.
  • For frosting, in a large bowl, beat the cream, confectioners' sugar, cocoa, extract and remaining salt until stiff peaks form.
  • Cut each cake horizontally into two layers; brush layers with cream de cacao. Place bottom layer on a serving plate; top with 1/2 cup frosting and sprinkle with 2 tablespoons almonds. Repeat layers twice. Top with remaining cake layer. Spread remaining frosting over top and sides of cake; sprinkle remaining almonds over the top. 
     
  • 12 Servings

  • Prep: 50 min. Bake: 20 min. + cooling

  • 50 20

    Ingredients

    • 1-1/2 cups sugar, divided
    • 1 cup buttermilk
    • 1/2 cup canola oil
    • 2 eggs, separated
    • 2 ounces German sweet chocolate, melted
    • 1-3/4 cups all-purpose flour
    • 1/4 teaspoon plus 1/8 teaspoon salt, divided
    • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
    • 2 cups heavy whipping cream
    • 1 cup confectioners' sugar
    • 1/3 cup baking cocoa
    • 1/4 teaspoon almond extract
    • 1/4 cup creme de cacao
    • 1/2 cup ground almonds

    Sunday, November 13, 2011

    Nancy's Recipe Box..............Sweet Potato Praline Swirl Recipe


    Ingredients

    • 2 medium sweet potatoes, peeled and cubed
    • 1/2 cup heavy whipping cream  (if you want it tightened up use only 1/4 cup whipping cream)
    • 2 eggs
    • 1/4 cup packed brown sugar
    • 3 teaspoons Spice Islands® pure vanilla extract
    • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
    • 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
    • 1/2 cup chopped pecans

    • PRALINE SAUCE:
    • 1/3 cup packed brown sugar
    • 1/4 cup sweetened condensed milk
    • 2 teaspoons butter, melted
    • 1/2 teaspoon Spice Islands® pure vanilla extract

    Directions

    • Place sweet potatoes in a large saucepan and cover with water. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and cook for 10-15 minutes or until tender.
    • Drain potatoes and place in a large bowl; mash until smooth. Beat in the cream, eggs, brown sugar, vanilla, cinnamon and ginger; fold in pecans.
    • Transfer to a greased 8-in. square baking dish. Combine sauce ingredients; spoon over potato mixture. Cut through with a knife to swirl the sauce.
    • Bake, uncovered, at 325° for 30-40 minutes or until a thermometer reads 160°.
              Makes 6 servings

    The Funny For The Day....................Say What!!!!!!!

    Thursday, November 10, 2011

    catlady531 on Etsy more ugly Christmas sweaters have arrived

    I have in a new shipment of vintage ugly christmas sweaters, vests and the really ugly Christmas sweatshirts.   Here is just a few of the new listings.

    http://www.etsy.com/shop/catlady531





    These are a few of the new ones I will be listing.

    Wednesday, November 9, 2011

    My feral kitten babies

    I have been crying for 3 days since I made the decision to take them to the Humane Society.  Trust me when I tell you, I did not want to do this, but I just don't have the money for the vet.  I took them in this morning in the pouring rain.  I guess the clouds felt as sad as I did.  At the Humane Society they will stay there until they are adopted. Since they were only babies they will probably be adopted within a few days of being up for adoption.  The guy at the HS did say that Mickey had something going on in his belly, since he was so boney but had this huge polar bear tummy.  I already knew that.  They have 10 vets on site so they would get immediate checkup and medication.  They are now both over 2 pounds so when they are healthy the will get spade and neutered.  I gave them instructions and signed papers that if they would have to be put down for health or behavioral issues to call me.  If they think they can't be adopted because they are unfriendly, not to me.  They love me.  I did not search for them and feed them and rescue them for them to end up dead cats.   They will try to have them adopted together but can not guarantee that.  They do background checks on perspective parents so they will hopefully go to a good home.  I was so depressed I could not even go shopping.  Now that is depressed.  I figure another day of crying then I will be ok.  I never fostered pets before and I really do not know how people do it.  Whether they foster human babies or animal babies how do you turn them over without it ripping out your heart.  I know I will never forget the 2 little babies that came into my heart.   Minnie Kittie and Mickey Kittie. 

    Friday, November 4, 2011

    My feral kittens............Mickey and Minnie need medical attention

    Minnie is doing better everyday in becoming a house cat.  Minnie still hisses.  We are stating to think she does not know how to meow.  Her hissing is her meowing.  At least she is getting better when she gets startled.  She is kitty farting less.  She needs medical attention also.  Mickey is all boy.  The arms are still wild with the claws out and he does not want to be held.  But the funny thing is, when he is sitting in the cage he likes to watch me on the computer and then he just starts purring and purring.  He really is not doing a good job on trying to act like a tough cat.  He also likes the dog and is very interested in him.  Minnie does not think too much of the big dog.   Both Minnie and Mickey have health issues that need to be seen by a vet, but since that is not at all in the budget..........Mickey is just bones on the upper portion of this body.  His stomach is huge.  It either means he has worms. (I have seen no evidence of that)  or he is suffering from malnutrition.  Which is quite possible since I don't think he ate for weeks before I caught him.  He has been eating like a pig so it is either or.   There are no free animal clinics and I even called the humane society to see if they would help.  At least a free checkup or something but no.  I know it is alot to ask.  I even asked them about doing a checkup etc and then I will foster them until they are ready to be adopted and again the answer was no.    I am hoping for more sales on Etsy so I can get these little kittens the medical attention they need.  Please checkout my Etsy page.
    http://www.etsy.com/shop/catlady531

    Thursday, November 3, 2011

    My feral kittens..................now have names

    I figured it was about time I gave these little kittens a name, stead of black one and gray one.  After thinking it over, there was only one name to give them.  We now have Mickey and Minnie.   Last night Minnie was out for her bonding time, when something scared her and off she went.  I was watching Ghost Hunters at the time. :)  I found her in the bedroom hiding under the dresser.  Today they both were out for bonding time and Mickey is all boy.  He is just arms and legs, claws out and fighting.  Remember he is still new to this.  After I wrapped him up in the towel, he had no choice but to settle down.  He did meow this morning which is a good sign.  Minnie still hisses.  I don't think she knows how to meow.  We are thinking her hissing is her meowing.  Minnie loves bonding time.  She just lays all sprawled out purring.  She is doing well adjusting to the situtation.  Today Wicket my older female cat was sitting on top of the cage and when husband when to get her down she got made at him.  I am starting to think she wants to adopt them.   Later on tonight they will come out once again for bonding.  Remember I only have a month to get them ready to be adopted. They are still both eating like pigs. 

    Wednesday, November 2, 2011

    My feral kittens...................update

    My feral kittens are progressing nicely.  The little black one (the girl) is very protective of her little brother.  I have had her out and we are learning how to play.  She sits on my lap and stretches and likes her belly rubbed.  I have attached a mouse cat toy on a string and have it dangling from the top of the cage.  They are getting the hang of batting it around and trying to grab it.  It is like they are playing tetherball.  I had the little boy out today for a little bonding time, but he is still a little scared and tries grabbing me with his claws out.  Remember this only his second time out of the cage.  I will take the little black one out later on.  She is doing better each day.  They are still too new to being in the house, so I cannot let them have any freedom yet.  They are both eating like pigs. 

    Tuesday, November 1, 2011

    My feral kitten...............its a boy

    The new little gray fluffy feral kitten is a boy.  The black one is a girl and the gray one is a boy.  I waited until he ate and was happy that he found his sister and then I gave him a bath.  He really really is under weight.  He also weighs about 1 pound 10 ounces but he is bigger but very skinny.  Since I haven't seen him in almost 2 weeks, I don't think he has had much to eat.  I don't think he knows how to catch mice or moles.  He has been eating all day.   He is a very calm cat for being feral, but then again he is with his sister.  He gave a little struggle during the bath but afterwards when he was wrapped in the towel he was just purring, so I know he was happy.  The little black one his sister is the tough one of the two, or at least she thinks she is.  She hisses and then I tell her, she is not a big cat.  She then puts her head down and starts to purr real loud.  The one funny thing about her is because of this is so new to her, things scare her.  When she gets scared or startled, she kitty farts and they are not good smelling kitty farts.  She is getting better at that.  The two of them are curled up together sleeping right now.  When I go watch tv in about 15 minutes I will take the little girl with me for some play time.  Or just getting use to being around people.  Tomarrow I will take the little boy the gray one out for play time. 

    catlady531 on Etsy has a big sale going on

    Hi everyone,  if you have followed my blog you now know I have these 2 little feral kittens that are going to need medical attention.  The little black one is on her way to becoming a real nice little house cat.  So to help pay for the vet bills, catlady531 on etsy is having a big sale. There are several ways to save.

    You can use the coupon code save30 to get 30% off of your total purchase.

    On some items there is free shipping for US customers.  For international customers the shipping has been reduced.


    Have fun shopping and help a little kittie at the same time.

    I greatly appreciate your business.

    My feral baby kitten..............now I have 2

    The good news of the day is the other baby kitten, the little gray fluffy one is still alive.  Since I hadn't seen it in 2 weeks I thought it had passed.  Since she was very hungry it only took 15 minutes to trap.  It took her longer how to figure to get into the trap.  She really is a cutie.  I didn't bother to leave her in the garage for several days, I first brought the trap into the house so she could see her sister and they were very happy to see one another.  I then took the trap back out to the garage and opened it up and poured her out right into the towel where I wrapped her up nice and secure.  I then just brought her into the house and put her into the large cage.  After she ate up the original dish of food she went after the other one.  The two little kittens are now snuggling up to each other like they did outside.  Happy Day.   I will wait until later on this afternoon and attempt to give her a bath and a flea spray.  Check for ear mites etc.  She is rather scruffy looking.